Thousands of Christians attached to the Church of South India from various parts of the district participated in the ‘Mambazha Sangam’ festival and offered money, rice and clothes to a few hundred alms seekers gathered in Palayamkottai on Wednesday.
The 238th ‘Mambazha Sangam’ festival began on Tuesday evening with CSI Bishop of Thoothukudi-Nazareth Diocese Most Rev. Jebachandran and other reverends placing wreaths on the tombs of the missionaries at Christ Church and Clarinda Church. Special prayers were conducted at Centenary Hall to mark the commencement of ‘Mambazha Sangam 2018’ celebrations.
On the second day of the festival on Wednesday, thousands of Christians offered money, rice and clothes to alms seekers from various parts of Tamil Nadu, who had camped near Centenary Hall for the past two days. Curtains will come down on the annual event with special prayers at Holy Trinity Cathedral on Thursday.
As a few hundred alms seekers gathered outside Centenary Hall, the police forced them leave the spot. Agitated over this, they picked a heated argument with the police and those offering money, rice and clothes supported them. Though the police gave up the move, additional police personnel were brought to the spot.
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